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This column takes a look at some of the cutting edge ideas associated with sustainable and high performance buildings.
Bringing “greener” energy to a facility can be made easier with energy performance contracting, if the scenario works for the organization’s specific situation.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory studied six buildings with different functions to discover what strategies might work best for many types of facilities.
This type of fuel cell has been found to be well suited to facility applications, and one California company has introduced a version that may expand the technology’s market share.
Hot water heating is the leading application for this technology in buildings, but space heating and cooling are also viable uses.
Using wood chips and other plant materials as fuel can meet heating (and some cooling) needs in suitable facility scenarios.
Power systems using this technology can drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to energy use.
In the right locations, this power source provides a way to increase clean energy portfolios.
The technology is reliable. Now facility managers can focus on funding this clean energy investment.
Drawn from the ground, this energy source can power HVAC needs and supply hot water.
Tackling the escalating issue of energy consumption and costs may take resolve.